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LAURENS, S. C? June 14, I90S.
Ex-Director Milliken's Answer.
The answer of S. M. Millikcn in the
suit brought by W. E. Lucas may be
effective in law, but it will not help
Mr. Milliken's cause in the minds of
the unprejudiced public. As a speci
men of its contents, it may be cited
that, Mr. Millikcn admits that Mr. Lu
cas "has in some respects and for a
part of the time performed the duties
of the office with efficiency and energy,
but he alleges that many acts of the
plaintiff in connedtion with his office as
president have not been to the interest
and advantage of said corporation, but
to its detriment and hurt, and have
been of such a nature as to meet the
disapproval, disfavor and criticism of a
majority of the directors and of a large
number of the stockholders, and the
defendadt alleges that the said cor
poration would have attained much
greater success but for the said acts of
the plaietiff, (Mr. Lucas)."
Until May 10, 1905, Mr. S. M. Milli
ken was a director of the Laurens
Mills and in part responsible for its
management. Not until after May 2,
1905, the date of the annual meeting of
the Darlington Mills, when his firm had
lost the commission business of that
mill, did Mr. Millikcn endeavor to gain
control of the Laurens Mills. Although
a director and responsible for the man
agement, Mr. Millikcn did not cri icize
Mr. Lucas' management?until Deer
ing, Millikcn & Company lost the com
Although he now alleges mismanage
ment and unfaithfulness on the part of
W. E. Lucas, yet as late as May 10th
he bought large blocks of stock at $200.
the share, thirty or forty or fitty dol
lars the share more than tho market
price. The following week he told the
New York correspondent of the News
and Courier that that price was a fair
If on May 10th Mr. Millikcn thought
the mill yvaa l eing mismanaged, why
didn't he sell the slock he held rather
than buy more? If he [has discovered,
since those purchases, that the mill has
been mismanaged, why doesn't he sell
now? The stock commands a good fig
The fact is that until the question of
commissions arose ami was settled
against the firm of Deering, Milliken &
Company, Mr. Lucas had the warm and
repeatedly expressed approval of Direc
tor S. M. Milliken as well as of the en
tire board of directors.
One other point in Mr. Milliken's an
swer deserves notice. He claims that
his firm guaranteed the Mills against
losses on goods sold. The contract of
Stevens & Co., the two per cent house,
makes the same guaranty.
We do not propose to comment on
Mr. Milliken's answer. The good taste,
the justice and the consistency of Di- j
rector S. M. Millike n's failure to criti
cise the management of the Laurens
Mills until after he had been dropped
from the directorate is for the public to
consider. While Mr. Milliken was a di
rector it was his duty, his duty as a
trustee of the stockholders, as a guar
dian placed by them over their inter
ests, to know and to prevent misman
agement. His attitude is that of an as
sailant of the management only after he
had lost the power to remedy evils.
It should be remembed that Mr. Lu
cas was reelected president and treasu
rer in 1904 and that S. M. Milliden and
several of bis friends helped to reelect
him. It was in the power of S. M.
Milliken, J. O. C. Fleming, John W.
Ferguson, E. J. Hale and V. M. Mont
gomery (five of nine directors) to de
feat W. E. Lucas for reelection in May
The question of paying Deering,
Milliken & Company three and four per
cent commissions instead of two per
cent commissions to another firm had
not then arisen.
Who Paints Him "Bad"?
The Columbia State says:
"Mr. Dial has been in New York re
cently and saw Mr. Milliken. He de
clares that Mr. Milliken is not such a
had man as he has been painted and
that the greatest trouble to be feared
is that this mill fuss will frighten
northern capital away."
Our friend, Mr. N. B. Dial, one of
Mr. Milliken's attorneys, is referred
to. We should like to know who in
the South ha - ever painted Mr. Milliken
as a "bad man"? What is Mr. Dial
talking about? Recently an anonymous
friend of Mr. Milliken in Spartanburg
was quoted to the same effect.
Now it Is a fact that nobody has de
nounced Mr. Milliken or villilied him or
spoken unkindly of him. Nobody bear.;
him ill will. We suspect that ho is a
good man "according to his lights" and
we have found him a kindly, affable
Mr. Milliken openly and defiantly ad
mits that ho is trying to "fire" Mr. W.
Fj. Lucas from the Laurens Mills be
cause that gentleman withdrew busi
ness from a New York commission
bouse in which ho is Interested. There
is no issue of fact as to this. Mr. Lu
cas alleges that he withdrew the husi
ness because another firm offered to do
the business for less money. If it be
conceded that J. P. Stevens k- Com
pany will give the Laurens Mill., the
?same service for two per cent that Mr.
Millikcn'.. wants three and four for,
Mr. N. B. Dial himself will nol deny
that Mr. Lucas is right. Meanwhile,
if Mr. Milliken has been painted as a
"bad man," the paint has been applied
by his own friends and not by those of
Mr. Lucas. The commission question
is to be judged on its own merits.
As to "frightening away Northern
capital," if Northern capitalists expect
to exact a larger tribute from the
South than they exact from other sec
tions, if they expect to levy an extor
tionate tax on Southern industries, if
they expect to charge the Southern
Mills higher commissions than they are
justified in charging in an open market
with free competition and to elfect this
by buying merely the control in them,
then the sooner we "frighten away
Northern capital" the better. We want
no "Northern capital" on the condition
of minority stockholders becoming its
serfs. Rather shall we gladly hoe our
own row in poverty. On the other
hand, if need be to protect Southern
industry against unfair and exorbitant
charges, wo shall favor a legislative in
vestigations into the relations between
Northern commission houses, which are
stockholders and the Southern mills
with the view to the passage of laws to
safeguard the South against. In other
words we shall do our part towards
"frightening away Northern capital"
the instant that it becomes oppressive
and unfair and thereby we shall do
"the State service.
Our friend Mr. Dial will probably
deny that Mr. Milliken would compel
111" Laurens Mills to pay his firm more
for equal service than it would have to
pay others for it, but that is a question
of fact. The Stevens contract speaks
for itself. But we know Mr. Dial well
enough to say that he will be as far as
we are from asking or accepting the
help of Northern Capital" on terms hu
miliating to himself and his friends.
The South is no begger. We didn't
have to beg -10 years ago.
As to the Presses.
The Charleston News and Courier and
The Columbia State, both of which are
inordinately rich and prosperous news
papers, have purchased new presses
which are said to print from twelve to
sixteen and from twelve to twenty-four
thousand newspapers each hour.
Both of these newspapers are bless
ings to the communities in which they
live. They print numerous commence
ment sermons and addresses or spiels
from which the larger part of the pop
ulation of South Carolin;? would other
wise make good its escape. They also
print Sundays the gorgeous descriptions
of the decorations "indulged in" in the
semi-weekly entertainments of the 718
women's clubs in this state. It is be
lieved that at least 2,000 ways of ar
ranging color schemes at peanut parties
and donkey parties have been described
in the society columns of these great
metropolitan dailies. It is regretted
that society is not more clandestine.
The State and The News and Courier
also print the war news, the political
news and Ogdenite and anti-Ogdenite
editorials together with snatches of
ribald prose from the pen of the Rev.
Thomas Dixon, Jr., which is actually
readable. Indeed they print all the
news and the slop-over. While we are
of the opinion that the acreage in
printed matter also should be reduced,
while we know that everywhere in the
civilized world too much foolishness is
being hourly published, we are glad
that our contemporaries are able to be
"in the running" and that our friends
I who are candidates for governor and
other jobs now have increased chances
for obtaining notoriety.
If we were the Czar of this country
we should issue decree number one, for
bidding the manufacture and sale of
type smaller than pica. The result
would be that men would be compelled
to think and write in clean, strong Togo
words and sentences or else stay out of
the newspapers. It would then become
too expensive to print anything long or
anything empty and of course the sales
of spectacles would decrease.
But again since the human race has
an insane and unbridled appetite for
reading all sorts of stuff, we rejoice
exceedingly that The News and Cou
rier and The State are supplying more
and more of it and that they have the
money to buy overgrown and hopelessly
and unreasonably List printing ma
chines. While no set of editors and re
porters on earth can keep up with the me*
chanical plants of modern daily newspa
per shops and while since the invention of
typesetting machines newspapers have
increased in size and grossness and
deteriorated in brightness and force
and finish, it is a pleasure to know that
the frantic efforts of our mad contem
poraries to march with the drunken
procession do not fail for want of sup
The Charleston Post has also ordered
one of these wholesale, slaughter house,
thirteen thousand ton battleship and
disappearing gun presses. Heretofore
it has been a neat, plump and trim lit
tle sheet. Lately it has manifested
signs of obesity. Of course it is also
to be congratulated on its royal straight,
Probably the saddest picture visible
anywhere is the threatened going to
weed of the Charlotte Observer. It has
also sinned against the proprieties by
buying a big Norman Perchcron Press
and it has been so delightfully well con
tained with its feathers so carefully
pruned in the past.
If Col. Lawrence W. Youmans or
Col. E. D. Smith should run for United
States Senator next year, either would
make a remarkable race and either
would make a better Senator than
somebody who might be defeated.
In Georgia there is a split among the
Smiths. Two of them, Lawyer Hoke
and Farmer Jim, are running for gov
ernor. Both aro rich and mighty.
Farmer Jim is worth over a million. In
this State only one Smith as yet is run
ning for governor and he is no million
A judge in flermany has decided that
poker is not a game of chance but a
game of skill. There are many who.
regard poker as an educational exer
Honesty is, or ought to be, the besl
life insurance policy and the public de
mands that it be the policy of the
More and more does (he necessity be
come apparent that the people force
upon Governor Hey ward another term.
CJ .A. fit 1? O X*. X ./V .
Bear? tho llw Kind Vo'.i Have Always Bough?
Where is the Advantage?
Yorkville is making an effort to have
the Presbyterian College at Clinton re
moved to that city. It is difficult for
us to take our neighboring city seriously
in this matter. In the first place we
can see no possible reason why the col
lege should be removed and in the next
what has Yorkville to offer that Clin
ton can not show to better advantage?
Clinton has not backslided in its edu
cational progress, its people have done
more for the college than Yorkville
proposes to do; they have nursed it
while it was in its swaddling clothes and
now when it is able to walk an alien
wishes to adopt it from its natural
mother without being able to offer it
any additional advantages.
The college is now centrlcally located
in a town with unsurpassed railroad
facilities and splendid natural advan
tages ami among a people zealous for
its success and it would take a million
dollar endowment to offset these ad
vantages and it is a question if even
that would do it.
LAUMI AND GROW FAT.
In an old Virginia cemetery there is
a weather-beaten tombstone beaming
"I AWAIT MY HUSBAND.
May 26, 1810."
"Here 1 AM.
DECEMBER 14, 1801."
Some joker has read the inscription j
and added with a pencil: "Late, as
modern baby raising
Boil the basket; made of willow:
Boil the blanket, boil the pillow.
Boil the bootees, boil the hood.
Boil the spoon and boil the food.
Boil the nurse: 'tis safer, maybe.
And don't forget to boil the baby.
He Couldn't Tell.?Pat: "Phwat
do Moike call bis new woife?"
Terrance: "Begorral an' how shod
Oi know? Oi'vc never bin there whin
they've been quarrelin'."- Judge.
Guyer Fitzom, the clothier, is adver
tising a silk umbrella with each *2<>
overcoat he sells.
Mrs. Guyer?That's nothing. Bloom,
the florist, is giving away the earth
with each plant he sells. - Chicago New.-'.
a tired brother.
"You recoken we'll wear crowns in I
"Co 'long, man! We gwine dar tor
rest. Crowns '11 be too heavy ter
tote!" F. L. S.
the side to sleep on.
There's a brilliant young physician in
Detroit who should have been a great
American humorist. During the recent
hot weather a patient who hadn't been
sleeping well applied to him for advice.
"What side should I sleep on, doc
tor?" he inquired.
"In winter or summer?" asked the
doctor, rubbing his chin thoughtfully, i
"What's that got to do with it?" ex
claimed the patient half angrily.
"A great deal," responded the doctor
"I don't see it."
"Of course you don't," said the doc
tor imperturbably: "if you did you
wouldn't be here asking me about it."
"Go ahead then," and the patient
sett let' back resignedly.
"Well," continued the doctor, "in
winter, when it is cold, you should sleep
on the inside; but In such weather as
this you should sleep on the outside in
a hammock with a draft all around it
and a piece of ice for a pollow. Two
dollars, please." Detroit Fress Press.
let the cat out.
You certainly were in a horrible con
dition when you came home last night.
Why, my dear, said Henry, how can
you say such a thing? I remember dis
tinctly that when I came in you asked
me to fix the yeast, put out the cat,
and cover up the lire.
Yes; and this morning I found my
sponge stuck full of kindling wood and ?
shavings, Puss's tail perfectly bare
where you had touched her with a
match, and the stove carefully wrapped
with your clothes.
conundrums Wist: and otherwise,
What black thing enlightens the'
world? Answer Ink.
What is that which is lengthened by
being cut at both ends? A ditch.
What coat is finished without buttons
and put on wet? A coat of paint.
What is that which has neither flesh
nor blood, yet has four fingers and a
thumb? A glove.
What is that no one wishes to have
and yet when he has it does not wish to
lose it? A bald head.
Why should a housekeeper never put '
the letter "M" into her refrigerator?,
Because it would change ice into mice.
Which would you rather, that a lion
ate you or a tiger? Why, you would
rather that tho lion ate the tiger, of
Mr. Bigger, Mrs. Bigger, and Baby
Ib'gger, which of this interesting family
is the biggest, and why the biggest'.'
Baby Bigger, because he is a little
biggor. Indianapolis News.
a missouri iconoclast.
Early to bed and early to rise does
very well for sick folks and guys, but
it makes a man rniss all the fun till In
dies and joins the stiffs that are gone to
the skies. Go to bed when you please
and lie at your ease, you'll die just the
same of gome Latin disease. The
Boonvillc Advert i .e.
the catch in it.
Anxious Inquirer in Insurance.' Office
I understand that for $5 I can insure
my house for $ 1,00b?
Clerk Yes, madam; if your house
hums down we pay you $1,000.
Inquirer And do you make any in
quiries as to the origin of the fire?
Clerk We make the most careful In
Inquirer?Ahl I thought there wa a
catch in it somewhere. Harper's
8uioi\bis. yy w nave v/Aivjius Ii um ?pl ?w tu *p%j.*j\j mat, ijuojs^oo an > ? ? ?.??%*?.
can be put into a shoe with out sacrificing comfort. We've a width and style for ^
every foot. All the new Toe Shapes. Leathers the very best. We guarantee Q
satisfaction or the Shoes are "OURS" not "YOURS" = =
In a Shoe!
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This is a hard combination for most shoe builders, but not for our skilled Shoe=
makers. We have Oxfords from $1.00 to $3.50 that possess all the STYLE that
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In The Advertiser Building, Laurens, S. C.
Cleanses Where Soap
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Washing with soap and water
makes the face look clean, hut it
cleans the surface only. It docs
not clean out the impurities in
the skin that make it muddy and
Pompeian Massage Cream goes
through the surface. It sinks
into every pore ? reaches and
loosens all foreign dirt and impu
rities that lodge in the pores.
It is the only facial cream free
from grease and that keeps the
face free from it. Does not?
cannot?promote the growth of
hair on the face.
Price 50c and $1.00
Palmetto Drug Co.
Laurens, S. C.
f-hnrjosfo;; fr WcsICT!! Cl
(Schedule in effect April 10, 1905.)
Ar Port Royal
5: 20 "
7: 10 "
G: 40 "
8: 00 am
ARRIVALS: Train No. 1, Daily, from
Augusta and intermediate stations 1: 45
pm: No. 52. daily, from Greenville and In
termediate stations 1:35pm; No.87,daily,
except Sunday, from Greenville and
intermediate stations G: 40pm; train No.
2, daily, from Spartanburg and interm
ediate stations 1: 30 p m.
C. II. Casque, Agt., Laurens. S. ('.
G. T. Bryan, Gen 1 Agt. Grenevillc S.C.
Ernest Williams, Gen. Pass. Agt.,
T. M. Emerson, Traffic Manager.
Special Notice?-! have received a
line line of Spring and Summer samples
of all the latest Btyles. Prices to suit the
time.'. Pants mado to order from $4.00
up. Suits made to order from $1*2 00
up. A lit is always guaranteed. I also
invite you to join my pressing club,
only $l.oo per month, Phone 18o, M in
E. J . DANCY, Tailor.
Hard, Soft or Shop
WANTED- l.ono Cards of Oak and
Pine Wood on ears your station or
delivered at Laurens".
J. W. Kichelbery;er.
yLjUirens, S. ('. 'Phone II. Terry's
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lift? in i 'mm
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